Statement from John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on the Government's delay to Hinkley Point C
“Since the Brexit vote, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has been urging Government to boost business confidence by accelerating its approval of major infrastructure projects.
“Suffolk Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Board of EDF's approval of the final investment decision on Hinkley Point C. This could have helped to unlock further progress for Sizewell C. However, the UK Government’s decision to review the project is unhelpful and counter-productive. It creates unnecessary uncertainty among Suffolk’s business community at a time when they need and deserve a boost.
“Suffolk Chamber has a close working relationship with EDF Energy and our belief is clear: the nuclear industry is good for Suffolk and good for business.
“Both projects have the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs and generate significant opportunities for Suffolk businesses. Both projects would account for 7% each of this country’s long-term energy needs. They are an absolutely key element in the UK’s long-term energy security - an issue of equal concern to businesses as it is to the wider public.
“We are writing to the relevant minister Greg Clark MP to express our deep concerns about this delay and to lobby the Government to keep this extra time for reflection to an absolute minimum before approving the Hinkley Point C project so as to free up progress on the Sizewell C proposals.”